Last weekend, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend a weekend with ministry allies. It was a weekend filled with men who were moving on the same mission God has led me and lead ministry movements in different capacities. It was such fruitful time of getting to have good conversation with like-hearted men and even get an opportunity to reflect with God on where I am in my own journey personally and in this mission of going after the hearts of others.
As I think back over this weekend and getting to hear from men from different backgrounds, including men like Michael Thompson, who authored The Heart of a Warrior and Gary Barkalow, who authored It’s Your Call. Yes, I name dropped a little. What was stirred in my heart is these are men that did a simple, yet very difficult thing for many of us. Each of us have given God our “Yes.” So many of us were compelled at one point or another, many from the Wild at Heart Boot Camps and also The Heart of a Warrior Encounters. They were compelled to do something; to go after the hearts of others.
Think about this for a minute. Have you given God your ‘Yes.’ There is a calling on every one of our lives to allow this world to feel the full weight of who we are as image bearers of God. So often, we live our lives uncertain of where we are and what we are doing. We may hear God calling us out, but we are afraid to move. Giving him your ‘Yes’ doesn’t mean your going to go through a career change and move to full-time ministry. What it means is that you are willing to step-up and step-out into a life with God, following wherever he may lead, allowing God to begin train you up as his son or daughter, and no matter where you are step into the fight for the hearts of others. We are all, ALL, commanded to be in this fight in some way.
If you’ve been reading my posts these last years, you know a little bit of my own story to say “Yes.” It began 4 years ago this month. For the first 36 years of my life I was uncertain of myself, I was disoriented and not sure of where I was going. In January 2015, I was asked by God, yes God spoke to me, if I would be willing to follow Him into the unknown and trust Him fully. While snowshoeing at 10,000 feet, I looked over the valley and surrounding snow covered mountains and gave God my ‘Yes.’
From that moment, that day, it was on. First, I was compelled to come home and do something. I could not stay disengaged anymore. God began to train me
and grow me in ways I never expected. I also made it a commitment to no longer walk through life alone and isolated as so many men still do. It’s been a radical call into something I never once thought I would be engaged in.
So think about this for yourself. Have you truly given God your ‘Yes?’ Have you answered to call to begin to live out the truth of who you are as God’s image bearer? As Gary Barkalow wrote, we all have a glory, a weightiness and splendor about us that reflects piece of God’s glory. That says something very deep about who we are and we have to be willing to receive that. John Eldredge wrote in Wild at Heart for each of us to let the world feel the full weight of who we are and let them deal with it.
So, I want you to truly think about this for your own life. Even take some time to take this God. Where have I not given you my ‘yes,’ God? What will this look like for my life to say ‘Yes?’
Take some time and truly think about this. Saying ‘Yes’, is big deal, and there no such thing as maybe. One think we need to be ready for as well, with saying ‘Yes’ is that it will be messy. There will be very messy moments along the journey where you stumble. I certainly have and will continue to do so. It’s a part of God training us up. We also become huge trouble for the Enemy. They one who wants to draw our hearts away from God. That will bring more of a mess to your life as you dig out your foxholes and engage in the fight.
Will you choose to give God your ‘Yes?’ Will you choose to answer the call to live out who your are, truly? I promise you that this is a journey that is will worth it. If you are uncertain, but want to know more, let me know. Also read Wild at Heart, The Heart of a Warrior, and It’s Your Call. Three books that will definitely help to orient your heart.
Let this be there of ‘Yes’ with God.